Jason Knight has embodied the spirit of Derby County this season going to a new level under Wayne Rooney in very trying circumstances.
The 20-year-old, who recently made his 100th Rams appearance, has started 16 league games this term after missing out due to injury at the start of the season.
Knight has chipped in with two goals and as many assists, having been deployed in virtually every midfield role possible to make up for the deficiencies in Derby’s squad.
It is no surprise to see Leeds United and other Premier League clubs showing interest in his services, due to the broad skillset and level of experience Knight has at just 20 years old.
Is it a good potential move?
Marcelo Bielsa’s footballing philosophy infamously demands a lot of players from a physical point of view.
Leeds are relentless in their running and energetic style and Knight definitely suits that.
This is certainly a good potential move and with the Whites unable to land Lewis O’Brien in the summer, Knight is a natural alternative.
Would he start?
New signings tend to take a little longer to adapt at Leeds due to Bielsa’s complex approach.
The likes of Stuart Dallas, Jack Harrison and Mateusz Klich have come on leaps and bounds in their careers for working with Bielsa, but it is not a quick transition.
Knight would likely be a squad rotation player for the remainder of this season before kicking on for a more regular starting place in 2022/23.
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What does he offer?
It would be interesting to see where Bielsa would see Knight’s best position.
One thing the 20-year-old offers is tonnes of versatility and in that tactical flexibility to his manager.
There is room for recruitment in central midfield areas at Leeds and therefore Knight could be better suited to slotting in as a box-to-box midfielder.
Squad depth and a potential long term successor to the likes of Klich and Kalvin Phillips in years to come, will make Knight a very attractive proposition for Leeds this month.